September 8th, 2016

3 Safer Laundry Detergents


    Every summer all three of my boys go to sleepaway camp. When they come home their duffle bags are a disaster. Clothing is jammed inside mixed together with sand, dirt and other surprises. Laundry is one of my least favorite activities, but when my kids come from home from camp it’s a must. When it comes to laundry detergents, some really are safer than others. Making your own is always the best option but isn’t for everyone (like me!). Instead, I’ve opted for investing the time to find safer brands that actually work. Here are a few of my...

July 13th, 2016

5 Fabulous Ways to Donate Used Toys

5 Fabulous Ways to Donate Used Toys Groovy Green Livin

The toys were starting to take over. We have a closet in our basement that was bursting at the seams. It was filled with trucks, cars, trains and every imaginable game from the time my three boys were toddlers. All three of my kids are at sleepaway camp for a few weeks. I’m missing them like crazy, but I know they’re having a fantastic time. The time for sorting and cleaning out that overflowing closet was here. Over multiple days I pulled everything out and started sorting them into piles. Most were in decent shape so I really wanted to...

July 6th, 2016

Are “Formaldehyde-Free” Hair Straighteners Safe?

Are "Formaldehyde-Free" Hair Straighteners Safe? Groovy Green Livin

For years I struggled with my curly hair. I could never embrace the curl, and instead, I fought it.  I would blow dry my hair for at least an hour to tame the curls. The end result was a shoulder length, stick straight bob. Years later I finally embraced the curl and it was so liberating. My hair was big, bold and curly and I had much more time on my hands. Years ago I remember everyone getting a Brazilian Blowout or some form of a keratin straightening treatment. I have to admit that I loved the look. So silky...

June 20th, 2016

Top News and Other Groovy Green Updates

Top News and Other Groovy Green Updates Groovy Green Livin

As summer vacation rapidly approaches for my kids (yes, they still have one more day of school!) I wanted to take a moment to update you on a few top stories of interest and other happenings over here. TOP NEWS Helpful Tool: Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Food Scores app rates more than 80,000 foods EWG’s Food Scores helps us find healthier choices in nearly every aisle of the supermarket. EWG’s Food Scores is the first app to rate foods for their: nutritional value; health concerns about ingredients (including additives and preservatives) and contaminants (such as mercury, arsenic and BPA); and the...

June 14th, 2016

Eco-Friendly Beach Essentials for Everyone!

Eco-Friendly Beach Essentials for Everyone! Groovy Green Livin

Summer is finally here and for many it’s also time to head to the beach. This year I wasn’t only on a mission to find the safest sunscreen, but I was also determined to discover a few safe-for-the-beach products for everyone. Here’s my go-to list for eco-friendly beach essentials this summer. Goddess Garden Spray Sunscreen ($17) Goddess Garden spray sunscreenis the only sunscreen my kids will use.  Goddess Garden Everyday SPF 30 Sunscreen is my absolute favorite sunscreen this season. It smells great and is easy to lather on any squirming child. If you have a child that really doesn’t like sunscreen...

June 9th, 2016

How to Tell if a Watermelon is Ripe

How to Tell If a Watermelon is Ripe Groovy Green Livin

Last night I went to the supermarket in search of a watermelon. I was on a mission. What I thought would be a quick trip to the market ended up taking much longer than expected. After arriving at Whole Foods Market I almost immediately spotted a bin filled with watermelons. I stood there, looking at the melons for what felt like hours. I had decision paralysis and couldn’t decide which melon to choose. We all know what a disappointment it is to take that first bite of melon only to find that it’s not sweet or ripe. I was determined to...

June 8th, 2016

What Are You Craving This Summer? Yogurt and BIG prAna Giveaway!

What Are You Craving This Summer? Yogurt and BIG prAna Giveaway! #summercravings Groovy Green Livin

Right now I’m craving summer. Real summer. The temperature feels like summer, but my kids are still in school for another two weeks and I’m working my regular hours. I’m craving a vacation. I’m craving not running out to catch the bus every morning. I’m craving a day without a set routine. I’m craving time to eat meals together again. Where homework and projects aren’t a worry. Don’t get me wrong, I know summer comes with a whole host of other challenges, but I’m ready. Thanks to prAna I have a new Quinn dress to wear on those relaxed summer days....


About Lori

I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. Come along with me as I work hard to make the world a little safer for each of us.

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